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SubjectRe: Future of dosfstools project (FAT)
----- Original Message -----
> On Monday 01 October 2018 22:13:41 Richard Weinberger wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 10:01 PM Andreas Dilger <adilger@dilger.ca> wrote:
> > > If the current dosfstools maintainer is non-responsive, you could always
> > > fork the project in GitHub, land the critical patches into your branch,
> > > and make a release on your own. If the maintainer surfaces again, then
> > > they can pull in your patches. If not, then you are the new maintainer.
> >-
> > I also recommend talking to package maintainers of major distros.
> > Maybe one of them forked the project already and did what you plan to do.
> >-
> > In any case, let's try to avoid a drama like util-linux-ng was.
>
> Based on Richard's comment, I'm forwarding my original email (below) to
> the Fedora, Suse and Gentoo maintainers.
>
> On Saturday 29 September 2018 10:40:38 Pali Rohár wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > Last year I did some research how Windows and Linux tools handle FAT
> > labels (boot sector vs root directory) and proposed some unification.
> > More in thread: https://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg2640891.html
> >
> > My proposed change for manipulating with FAT labels is now implemented
> > in util-linux v2.33, prepared new mtools version, and also in dosfstools
> > git (unreleased) https://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg2645732.html
> >
> > Project dosfstools contains de-facto standard Linux userspace tools for
> > FAT filesystems (mkfs.fat, fsck.fat, fatlabel) and so it is quite
> > important because of high usage of FAT.
> >
> > But there was no new release of dosfstools since Jan 2017 and for more
> > then month I'm unsuccessfully try to contact maintainer of dosfstools
> > project (Andreas) about future of project itself.
> >
> > I do not know what happened, if either Andreas do not have time or
> > something else...
> >
> > So does somebody know what is state of dosfstools project?
> >
> > Also there are lot of proposed changes (with patches) for this project
> > https://github.com/dosfstools/dosfstools/pulls and also more reported
> > bugs https://github.com/dosfstools/dosfstools/issues
> >
> > If Andreas does not have time, can somebody else at least look at pull
> > requests and do some code review?
> >
> > I have some other unpublished/unfinished changes for dosfstools, but I
> > do not know now if it make sense to invest more time in this project
> > when maintainer does not respond... if this project is active or going
> > to be dead...
> >
> > If dosfstools is going to be inactive/dead, there is still mtools
> > project with provides FAT tools too and maintainer of it is now
> > preparing new bugfix version. So at least some alternative exists.
>
> --
> Pali Rohár
> pali.rohar@gmail.com
>

Hi,

I am downstream maintainer of dosfstools in Fedora/RHEL. My personal opinion
with such kind of projects is that one or two years without activity doesn't
mean the project is dead. I don't know what happened with Andreas, but
in case of no response my +1 for the GitHub fork. I think it's non offensive
solution which can be easily reverted if needed. Please let me know if you do it

thanks & regards

Jaroslav

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